What is a physical exam?
A physical exam is a health screening provided by a trained medical professional. There are various types of physical exams, each designed to check a certain range of health functions.
Annual physical exams play a central role in your overall health and wellness. These visits are usually brief. During the initial portion of your exam, youâ€™ll discuss your personal and family health history, as well as any concerns you have.
A check of your vital signs comes next, including:
- Blood pressure
- Breathing function
- Heart rate
Your doctor also assesses the appearance of your skin and complete a quick head and neck exam.
How often should I come in for a physical exam?
Annual physical exams build a medical record that tracks shifts or changes in your overall health and wellness. That data allows your provider to identify potential areas of concern before a serious medical issue arises and empowers you to take action to enhance or preserve your health.
There are also times when you need a physical exam for a specific purpose, like starting a new job or if your child is planning to play organized youth sports.
What types of physical exams are available?
Chicago Immediate Care offers a range of physical exams to ensure you stay on track with your health and have the documentation needed to participate in new activities.
If your child is preparing to start school or has transferred to a new school, a school physical may be required. These visits provide an overview of your childâ€™s health and development. A review of their immunization record is also part of a school physical.
A sports physical is usually required each time your child plans to participate in organized youth sports, whether through their school or a community organization. These visits include an assessment of your childâ€™s health to ensure they are able to withstand the rigors of their new activity.
Men and women planning to work for the Department of Transportation will need to complete a DOT physical prior to employment. These exams check your general health, eyesight, hearing, and neurological function to ensure you are healthy enough to operate a commercial vehicle.
Employment or executive physicals
Certain jobs require a physical as part of the employment process. These exams include an overview of your health and can also include specific health checks requested by your new employer. Drug screening is often part of an employment physical.
Scheduling your physical exam with Chicago Immediate Care takes just moments online or by phone.